Beach duo putting
Rwanda on themap
Dr Rosiers solving
problems on and off court
Noliko Maaseik are the pride of the northern Belgian province of
Limburg. The 2012 Belgian national champions were the recipients
of Limburg’s ‘Team of the Year’ award in February, a deserved reward
following a memorable period for the small-town club who also won
their group in this season’s CEV Champions League to advance to the
Play-Offs 12 round. Yet it should perhaps surprise nobody that they have
become adept at finding solutions on court, when they have as their
leader a man with a knack of solving problems off it – mathematical
ones, that is. Team captain Wannes Rosiers, it should be explained,
recently completed his PhD in Mathematics at the University of Antwerp.
Until not so long ago, the Rwandan beach volleyball duo of Denyse
Mutatsimpundu and Charlotte Nzayisenga were little known even in
their own neighbourhoods. That all changed in July last year when
their victory at the first CAVB Junior Beach Cup in Togo created a
piece of sporting history in Rwanda and earned them fame in their
home country. Mutatsimpundu takes up the tale. “We returned
home to find most of the sporting authorities waiting for us,” she
explains. “We have become very famous athletes in the country.
The gold we won is the only medal of this kind in the history of
team sport [in Rwanda] and we should be proud of that.”
For any Belgian player
Noliko are simply the best
you can get,” says Rosiers
The gold we won is the only medal
of this kind in the history of team
sport in Rwanda”